What is a Task Card?
Before you distribute yet another worksheet, ask yourself: Could I accomplish the same objective with task cards?
Task cards are highly motivating and effective teaching tool that can be used across the curriculum. Here are just a few reasons you should consider utilizing this valuable tool:
Task cards are motivating for students because there is only one task per card. Imagine that you are a fourth grader struggling with summarizing. Receiving a packet of paragraphs to summarize will likely feel overwhelming. However, if those same paragraphs are placed on task cards, the student need only deal with one paragraph at a time. He or she feels that sense of accomplishment when one is completed before moving on to the next.
Task cards can be made to target specific learning objectives.
This is great news if your district has adopted the new Common Core Standards. If your students are weak in a specific area, you can make or purchase a set of cards that focuses on the specific skill. This also makes task cards great for test prep!
Task cards make differentiation easy.
Struggling students can just complete a few cards or complete cards with multiple choice answers. Another option is to allow some students to answer verbally. More able students will enjoy the challenge of open-ended cards and you can also require longer answers. In addition, you can create or purchase sets for different levels.
Task cards are versatile.
A single set of task cards can be used in a variety of ways; at individually at centers or stations, in pairs or small groups, and even with the whole class. They can be part used as part of your daily routine, as enrichment, with games, or even as homework. Further, they can be used with any age group from kindergarten to adult.
Task cards save paper.
Copy, cut, and laminate once. Use for years. Instead of copying piles of worksheets, you need only copy a single answer sheet for each student, or better yet, students can answer on notebook paper or individual white boards.
The Task Card Handbook-Everything You Need to Know!
Whether you are wondering about using task cards in your classroom or have been using them for years, this free ebook is for you! This book will tell you:
- Why task cards are such amazing teaching tools
- The many ways they can be used
- How to store prep and store them
- And much, much more!
In addition to tons of tips and ideas, there are links to supporting resources and freebies.
Please feel free to share this free ebook with your friends and colleagues, both online and in real life.
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